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It’s estimated by the American Dental Association that 47 percent of adults over 30 years old have some degree of gum disease. The Centers for Disease Control also estimates that 64 percent of people over the age of 65 have moderate-to-severe gum disease.

Hardened tartar at the gumline is the primary cause of gum disease. Your chances of developing gum disease are increased when participating in other activities such as tobacco use and alcohol consumption. Certain medical conditions, like dry mouth or diabetes, also serve as increased risk factors.

Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease. It generally occurs when plaque and residual food particles are not effectively removed during your oral hygiene routine. These substances then harden into tartar, thus exposing your gum tissues to a constant bacterial presence, which leads to inflammation.

If gingivitis is not counteracted by a dental cleaning at Precision Periodontics & Dental Implants and improvements in your oral hygiene routine, gum disease will advance. Eventually, it will develop into the most dangerous form of gum disease known as periodontitis.

Periodontitis causes your gums to recede from the base of your teeth, forming pockets of infection deep down at the root. In time, this can even lead to the loss of structure in the bones that anchor your teeth in your mouth.

Continuing research has also found a relationship between periodontitis and medical conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

If you are concerned that you might be developing gum disease in Ocoee, Florida, please call Dr. Ryan Mendro at 407-378-0877 to develop an effective treatment strategy.